1/22/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Smother Richmond

As the world was watching the transfer of power in the nation's capital Saturday, the North Carolina women's tennis team asserted its power over Richmond at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.The Tar Heels breezed past the Spiders 7-0 in both teams' first official match of the season.At last weekend's Carolina Indoor Invitational, UNC's singles lineup was solid, but the Tar Heels were vulnerable in doubles action, capturing only three out of seven matches. Problem identified.

1/22/2001 12:00am

Reporters Not Only Pretty Faces

Excuse me if I'm not offended. I know, being a female and all, I'm supposed to be completely outraged that had the audacity to poll its Internet audience on who was the sexiest sportscaster.The contest concluded Jan. 12, and surprisingly, CBS sideline reporter Jill Arrington (26 percent of the vote) defeated ABC's Melissa Stark (23 percent). That might be the's poll isn't demeaning or insulting because all of the women involved were hired because they are beautiful.Television sportscasting operates on a double standard.

1/22/2001 12:00am

Defensive Turnaround Keys Win Streak

At the end of the season, guys might be able to look back on it and laugh.But it wasn't funny the day it happened. North Carolina got bombed by Kentucky on Dec. 2, 2000 -- at home. The unranked Wildcats shot 50.7 percent from the field, beat the Tar Heels up and down the court at will and defeated them 93-76.Players sat in silence in the UNC locker room. They pointed out that Kentucky hadn't been making its shots in previous games, which was correct.But there was more to it than North Carolina catching the Wildcats on a hot day.

1/22/2001 12:00am

Sooners Shoot Down Women's Basketball

With four teams in the top 25, the ACC has staked out a claim as one of the most talented and demanding women's basketball conferences in the nation this season."Our conference is so tough -- every game, every possession," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "And, normally, this time of the season when you have a game out of the conference, it's a breather because of the way the conference is."But Hatchell and her Tar Heels got a rude introduction to perhaps the best league in the country Sunday, suffering a 94-77 defeat to No.

1/19/2001 12:00am

UNC Track Kicks Off Season

For the last eight seasons, North Carolina's women's indoor track and field team has run away from its ACC competition.This year's goal for UNC: to leave its conference competitors in the dust and make its mark nationally. The Tar Heels will begin their shot at national prominence at Virginia Tech today."Throughout the 1990s we were always first or second in the ACCs," said UNC track and field coach Dennis Craddock. "I want us to get back there.

1/19/2001 12:00am

Brown Leads Tar Heels In Defeat of Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- North Carolina captured its second straight ACC win, defeating Florida State 75-62 Thursday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Juana Brown led the Tar Heels (10-6, 4-3 in the ACC) with 21 points and shot 8-of-13 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. Four Tar Heels, including leading ACC scorer LaQuanda Barksdale, scored in double digits. Barksdale also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels, helping them win on the boards 36-33.Florida State's Shinikki Whiting turned in 17 points in the losing effort.

1/19/2001 12:00am

Fencing Thrusts Forward

Teams in the Midwest Conference are a big priority for North Carolina's Josh Webb and Kim Treiber. Webb, an epee fencer, and Treiber, a sabre fencer, have their priorities in order this weekend as perennial Midwest power Ohio State joins host Northwestern in a 14-team fencing meet that begins at 8 a.m.

1/18/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Keep Streak Alive, Embarrass Clemson

Will Solomon's one-man basketball show came to Chapel Hill on Wednesday night and ran into something far superior: a total team effort from North Carolina.The Tar Heels put four players in double figures, and three more scored at least eight points as they defeated Clemson 92-65 in front of 21,335 at the Smith Center.They also limited the Tigers to 38.7-percent shooting and held Solomon, the ACC's leading scorer at 21.9 points per game, to 17."It was a solid effort all-around," said UNC guard Joseph Forte, who finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.

1/17/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Look to Extend Streak

There are streaks, and then there are streaks.The North Carolina men's basketball team's domination of Clemson in Chapel Hill falls under that second category.The Tar Heels have never -- that's right, never -- lost at home to Clemson. The scoreboard reads UNC 46, Tigers 0.Clemson will take its annual stab at ending the skid tonight at 7, in a game televised by ESPN."I think it's very important to remember but also very important to make sure it's not over-emphasized," Clemson coach Larry Shyatt said. "These teams have not met this year.

1/17/2001 12:00am

UNC Wrestlers Squeeze Past 'Pack

RALEIGH -- Corey Bell is North Carolina's captain and ranked nationally as the No. 14 wrestler in the 174-pound weight class.JohnMark Bentley, a redshirt junior, is the No. 8 wrestler in the 149-pound weight class. As they go, so go the four-time defending ACC champion Tar Heel wrestling team. Tuesday night in Reynolds Coliseum, Bell and Bentley won. And so did UNC, beating N.C. State 16-14. In the second match of the night, with the Tar Heels (2-2, 1-0 in the ACC) down 3-0 to the Wolfpack (4-6, 0-1), Corey Bell (14-3) faced Dustin Kawa (7-8) in what looked to be an easy match.

1/17/2001 12:00am

Peppers' Foul Shots Help UNC Torch Golden Eagles

After months of speculation, Julius Peppers made up his mind."He's decided not to enter the NBA draft -- that's the press release today," North Carolina coach Matt Doherty said following the Tar Heels' 84-54 victory against Marquette on Saturday.OK, so Doherty was joking.Peppers released a statement Thursday that said he would return to North Carolina's football team for one more year.

1/17/2001 12:00am

Teasley Watches Contest\From Unfamiliar Position

With six seconds remaining in regulation of North Carolina's battle with N.C. State on Sunday, what most people in the Smith Center thought would be the game-winning shot for the Tar Heels fell through the net.Nikki Teasley smiled proudly, shaking her left fist and extended index finger in the air.But unlike many occasions during the past three years, Teasley held a pompom in her right hand. The shot was not hers. The glory was not hers.

1/17/2001 12:00am

6 Tar Heels Honored For Play

Six members of the 2000 NCAA champion North Carolina women's soccer team were named to the 2000 Soccer Times All-America team Tuesday.UNC's first-team All-America selections were Meredith Florance, Jena Kluegel and Danielle Borgman.

1/16/2001 12:00am

Bunting Introduces Additions to Program

John Bunting had heard the questions regarding his lack of college coaching experience.Bunting's three solutions sat to his left on Saturday, crowded behind a single table at the press room in the Smith Center.Bunting formally introduced new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gary Tranquill, defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta and strength coach Jeff Connors on Saturday prior to the men's basketball game against Marquette.The three men displayed through their appearance and demeanor the type of no-nonsense approach that makes them a perfect fit for Bunting. No ties. No frills.

1/16/2001 12:00am

UNC Defense Shuts Down Golden Eagles

Matt Doherty didn't need to resort to throwing chairs. And no trash cans were harmed in the making of this North Carolina victory.Still, Doherty needed to find some way to motivate his squad. The Tar Heels were leading Marquette by 18 points at halftime on Saturday, and UNC's coach didn't want to see his team suffer through a letdown. So he made a bet with his team.Doherty didn't specify exactly what the favor would be, but his players would be rewarded nonetheless if they held Marquette to less than 30-percent shooting for the game.Mission accomplished.

1/16/2001 12:00am

Wrestlers Work to Earn National Prominence

Following North Carolina's upset victory of then-No. 7 Lehigh, UNC wrestler JohnMark Bentley spoke about what it takes to gain national prominence at the collegiate level."Every wrestler is talented in college," Bentley said. "The biggest thing to winning is that when you take some hard knocks, step right back up and keep working hard. Coming back from those hard knocks is the biggest asset you'll find."Bentley and the rest of the Tar Heels will have to put that philosophy into practice tonight, as they head to Raleigh to open ACC play against N.C.

1/16/2001 12:00am

Gymnastics Wins First Meet of Year

The North Carolina gymnastics team defeated William & Mary 191.850-187.850 in the Tar Heels' first meet of the 2001 season Sunday.UNC senior Brooke Wilson placed first on all apparatuses, and the Tar Heels took the top four spots in the all-around. Wilson finished first in the all-around (39.375) by virtue of her top finishes on vault (9.8250), uneven bars (9.775), balance beam (9.925) and floor (9.850).Junior Monica Middleton placed second in the all-around with a score of 38.150.

1/16/2001 12:00am

UNC Tennis Warms Up In Tourney

The North Carolina women's tennis team struggled last season.Injuries and inexperience combined to thwart a return to the NCAA tournament.UNC began the 2001 season with a strong opening statement in the Carolina Indoor Tournament this weekend. The Tar Heels held their own against William & Mary and Texas, ranked 6th and 15th respectively in the nation.

1/12/2001 12:00am

Young UNC Squad Faces Rebuilding Year

Like the present state of the University's campus, the North Carolina gymnastics team is in a period of overhaul.After losing five seniors from the 2000 squad, the Tar Heels will be forced to rely on a mostly inexperienced unit during the year and in Sunday's season opener at William & Mary.The outgoing contributors leave this year's squad with large voids in leadership and overall performance."Those five seniors, when you look at our competitive lineup from the (East Atlantic Gymnastics League) championships, made up half of our competitive lineup, so we graduated a lot of good peopl